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Library name official: Little Italy Branch

Ald. Jason Ervin (28th Ward) made a surprise announcement at a Near West Side meeting Nov. 14, telling a community group that officials will name the new library on Taylor Street the Little Italy Branch. The Little Italy Chicago Community Association (LICNA) formed more than a year ago to oppose plans for the library, including […]


UIC men’s soccer wins third straight Horizon League title

The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Flames men’s soccer team claimed its third straight Horizon League championship with a 3-1 win over the Wright State Raiders on Nov. 10. Josiah Ash put the Flames up 1-0 with a fifth-minute goal, and Pau Mateo scored his first goal later in the half. After Wright State […]


1st and 3rd Congressional District races each feature three candidates

Congressional elections in the 1st and 3rd Congressional districts include challenges to Democratic incumbents by winners of the Republican primary and independent candidates.


Competitive races in 4th and 7th Congressional Districts

By Peter Winslow A new Congressional Representative will serve the 4th District, as longtime Representative Luis Gutierrez has retired. In the 7th, a veteran Congressional Representative faces a challenge from a construction project manager. 4th District Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, who was born in Mexico and immigrated to the United States, is running as the Democratic […]


Dems, GOP square-off for two local County Board seats

By Patrick Butler In the 3rd and 11th Cook County Commissioner districts, races feature both a Democrat and a Republican. 3rd District Longtime 3rd District Commissioner Jerry “Iceman” Butler is retiring. Bill Lowry won the March Democratic primary and hopes to succeed Butler. Attorney Lowry is president of and a partner in the law firm […]


St. Adalbert Church up for sale again; may become commercial, residential

By Jessica Villagomez After learning that the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago once again plans to sell St. Adalbert Church, 1650 W. 17th St., Blanca Torres was disappointed but not surprised. Torres, a member of the St. Adalbert Preservation Society, has been pushing for the church to remain open as a Catholic space since first […]


Local CPS high schools among best

Three local Chicago Public Schools (CPS) high schools were named to the 2018 Best High Schools list by U.S. News & World Report. The top rankings among CPS schools include Phoenix Military Academy High School, 145 S. Campbell Ave, fourth in Illinois, 122nd in the nation; Jones College Prep High School, 700 S. State St., […]


By William S. Bike The following candidates will be on various Nov. 6 ballots in this community, running unopposed. All are Democrats. State Representative Theresa Mah, 2nd District. Mah is an incumbent and has been in office since Jan. 2017. Delia Ramirez, 4th District. Ramirez’s background is in social services as executive director of the […]


City looks at Kinzie Industrial Corridor status as the neighborhood changes

By Igor Studenkov The City of Chicago is considering allowing some non-industrial uses in the Kinzie Industrial Corridor west of Ashland Avenue, while slightly relaxing regulations in the remaining area without deviating significantly from what already is there. District boundaries are approximately Grand Avenue on the North, Kedzie Avenue on the west, Washington Boulevard on […]


No parking signs are removed on Madison Street

Workers have removed no parking signs on Madison Street from Halsted Street to Ashland Avenue. “The removal of the signs came on the heels of a 2016 Metropolitan Planning Council area parking study commissioned by the West Central Association,” said Rod Burch, executive director, WCA. The study recommended taking down the no parking signs along […]


Cardenas and CTU push for TIF changes

Late in 2016, 12th Ward Alderman George Cardenas announced a tax increment financing (TIF) surplus ordinance intended to direct funds to the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) and the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) from TIFs. Two years later, at the time of this writing, Alderman Cardenas had just finished a conference call with CTU representatives, discussing […]


Madigan sues Feds for withholding legal funding

Attorney General Lisa Madigan has filed a lawsuit against U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the Department of Justice (DOJ) for violating Federal law by refusing to release $6.5 million in funding for Illinois law enforcement and criminal justice initiatives from the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (Byrne JAG) program. Law enforcement uses the Byrne JAG funds allocated to Illinois for innovative programs […]